Windows 10 RS4 (Skip Ahead) Build 17004

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  1. Extraordinary

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    Hello Windows Insiders!

    Today we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17004 for PC to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring who have opted in to Skip Ahead only. Insiders who joined Skip Ahead will continue to receive builds from the RS_PRERELEASE branch which has transitioned to RS4 which is the release that will come after the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (RS3). Because we are just beginning development for RS4, Insiders shouldn’t expect to see a lot of big changes or new features just yet. Our focus remains getting the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update ready for release!

    Insiders will notice that the build numbers have jumped ahead again but this time to 17xxx. This is what we do normally at the beginning of development of a new feature update for Windows 10.

    Also – you may notice that the Windows Insider Preview branding has disappeared from the build (shown via the desktop watermark at the lower right hand corner). This should be back with the next build.

    What’s new in Build 17004
    Fluent Design: As we progress into the next feature update, you’ll begin to see more and more elements of Fluent Design light up. We love the enthusiasm we’ve seen for Fluent Design, and with today’s build you’ll notice that Reveal is now visible on Start in All apps.

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    Microsoft Edge Improvements:

    • We fixed an issue where typing a web address into the address bar from the New Tab and Start Page and would sometimes clear the text and not result in any page navigation
    • We fixed an issue resulting in keyboard layout changes potentially not being applied when using Microsoft Edge after setting focus to the address bar.
    • We fixed an issue where the tab previews for PDFs were black with a white bar on each side.
    • We fixed an issue where the first time you pressed Ctrl + F to open Search, the search box doesn’t get focus. We also fixed an issue where you might be unable to type in the address bar after clicking on CTRL+F text field.
    • We fixed an issue where “Open with previous pages” wouldn’t recover tabs after dragging a tab between two Microsoft Edge windows.
    • We fixed an issue resulting copy/paste and the print dialog not working for those using the updated Youtube.com website design.
    • We fixed an issue where Ctrl + Click on a link in a PDF wouldn’t open the link in a new tab.
    • We fixed an issue resulting in PDFs potentially rendering blank after panning down a few pages and back up.
    • We fixed an issue from recent flights where Alt + D wouldn’t bring input focus to the address bar when certain keyboards were active.
    Input Improvements:

    • We fixed an issue resulting in the enter key not working properly in Facebook Messenger.
    • We fixed an issue resulting in the Delete key on the full touch keyboard layout unexpectedly inserting a period in UWP apps.
    • We fixed an issue resulting in a stutter when selecting long strings in certain single line editable text boxes (for example when naming favorites in Microsoft Edge).
    General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC
    • RS4 builds include many of the same fixes included in the latest RS3 builds.
    • We are introducing a new color wheel to Color & High Contrast Settings to help you get a feel for the effect of each of the different available color filters.
    • You may see a Microsoft Edge shortcut on your desktop after upgrading to this build. You can delete the shortcut, upgrade from this build and it will not return.
    • We fixed an issue resulting in Mod Organizer no longer load mods into Skyrim in recent flights.
    • We fixed an issue resulting in the last flighted build sometimes green screening with a SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION in win32kfull.sys.
    • We fixed an issue resulting in the WIN+X menu sometimes unexpectedly missing the accelerator key underline hints.
    Windows Insider Program + LinkedIn = AWESOME
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    http://aka.ms/skippity-ignite
     
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  2. dr_rus

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    Yay, we're back to gradients now.
     
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    Godlike
     
  4. LocoDiceGR

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    Fluent Design is coming for RS3 in October right?

    Or is for RS4 ?
     

  5. WhiteLightning

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    I decided to download the ISO and try it out, since i was stuck on this buggy RS3 one which was released before.
    Updating worked fine this time and seemed they fixed the .net bug i was having in paint.net.

    They decided to make my DVD drive a removable drive now though lol

    btw they didnt move back to gradients, its the background.

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  6. dr_rus

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    Fluent design has been rolling out since around June even in RS2. This one is RS4 though, and it seems that they'll be adding fluent design to actual Windows interface now, not just apps.

    They did move to a gradient for highlighted menu label (Windows Central). Which is what their screenshot is about I believe as the menu background has been like this since 10240.
     
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    Oh you are right! I didnt hover above it. Thats actually pretty cool!
     
  8. WhiskeyOmega

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    So many GSODs to do with the beta nvidia drivers on this one. Not sure if its the driver or the build thats causing it.
     
  9. thatguy91

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    Most likely the driver. Nvidia apparently have a driver with support for RS4 driver features, however it has been reported to cause lots of issues. It's very beta, they shouldn't have released it considering the number of issues, but I guess they wanted to claim the title of being the first to have a WDDM 2.3 driver, working or not. The normal Windows 10 driver is fully supported too of course so just use that.
     
  10. dr_rus

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    RS4 is 1803 and will likely have WDDM 2.4 or whatever. WDDM 2.3 is RS3 which should release in about two weeks from now. "They" don't want to "claim" anything, they simply need a new driver supporting new WDDM features.
     

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    Yeh the nvidia drivers plus this build giving me ton of problems had to roll back.
     
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    No issue here with AMD R9 290 except some occasional black screens on facebook that reset themselves in less than a sec.
     
  13. dr_rus

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    Did AMD release WDDM 2.3 drivers in any form?
     
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    AFAIK no, couldn't care less especially if it's a gimmick like 2.2.
     
  15. JonasBeckman

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    Nothing available to the public far as I know, the Windows Update Catalog has a couple of drivers floating around but the version number is lower than the current 17.9.x drivers so probably not WDDM 2.3 related plus if they were to use the system Nvidia uses with only being available to insiders these packages wouldn't show up on the catalog at all.

    If the 17.10 drivers don't have it I'm hopeful that the November drivers will without going fully into December assuming AMD is still doing that major driver branch update that they've had the last few years though I suppose getting WDDM 2.3 support would be a welcome new feature although if they revamp the driver in other ways chances are there's some other issues cropping up so having Win10 RS3 supported earlier should be better.

    But that's just speculation, I don't think AMD has said anything and there's no ongoing beta branches or insider only drivers to my knowledge at least for public use.

    Not 100% sure on what WDDM 2.3 will bring either, it's more than just some certification but I don't know if Microsoft has posted any specs on what it will add, I don't think they had anything available for RS2 before it's releases either and then there's other changes to core functionality for DirectX itself and other systems. Though I haven't heard anything about RS3 upgrading either DXGI or D3D11.x or D3D12.x further.
    (For D3D12 I'm not sure what state the shader model 6.0 support is currently in either, have some reading to do once the build goes live I guess and they update the available documentation on this and other features.)
     

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    Should mostly be stuff for Hololens / AR/VR devices like system level stereo rendering and such.

    Experimental feature in 1703, will likely be moved to production domain in 1709 which in turn will add SM6.1 as an experimental feature. These don't seem to require a new WDDM though.
     
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    My pc wont shutdown anymore after the new creator fall update, anyone else got the same problem ?
    When i try to shut it down it goes back to the loginn screen very strange :S
     
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    The FCU Beta and 17.10.3 are WDDM 2.3 enabled.
     

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